Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation announces that the sixth annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will begin Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31, with 210 performers taking the stage in the preliminary round of competition.
Alton High School is sending three students to the competition.
“We have been elated with the ongoing response to this event from students, parents, arts organizations and the community,” said Mary Strauss, president of the foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is happy to be able to provide the opportunity for students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis. We’re delighted that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight.”
The foundation reintroduced the competition in 2011 to showcase the region’s most talented teens in the performing arts. Student acts may enter as soloists or in groups up to six people.
This year’s entries represent 77 schools in the bi-state metropolitan area, plus homeschoolers, and include acts showcasing a variety of talents including a comedian, ballet dancers, singers and a banjo player.
Each round and location will have a panel of at least three judges who will adjudicate and advance acts to the next round of competition. Judges for the preliminary and semi-final rounds are arts professionals from the St. Louis region who are asked to give each act constructive, verbal feedback immediately after they perform. Miano.tv produces videos of the competition process that will be available on the foundation’s YouTube and SchoolTube channels. Stories from the past five years are currently posted and provide viewers a glimpse of what the competition is all about.
Judges for the first two rounds of competition will again include a cross section of professionals from the St. Louis performing arts community. A complete list of preliminary round judges is available on the foundation’s website.
The two days of preliminary competition, at three separate locations (Ritenour High School, Nerinx Hall High School, and University of Missouri-St. Louis), will narrow the field from 153 to 35 acts. These acts will then compete in the semi-finals on Saturday, March 5, at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, where the final 12 acts will be chosen to compete on The Fabulous Fox stage as part of a professionally produced show on Saturday, April 23. This final event at The Fabulous Fox is free and open to the public. More than $30,000 in scholarships and prizes will be distributed among the top competitors. Additionally, students are eligible for scholarships from Lindenwood University, Webster University, UMSL and Southeast Missouri State University plus gift certificates, special awards and other prizes. A full list can be found on the foundation’s website.
Finalists will also be provided unique performance opportunities within the St. Louis area arranged by FPACF and by request. Finalists from prior years have showcased their talents at The Muny, with the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, Winter Opera, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, Shakespeare Festival Green Show in Forest Park, Six Flags, Taste of Maplewood, Let Them Eat Art and Fair St. Louis.
Registration for this competition was free and open to all high school students in the metropolitan area. This event showcases the most talented teens in the region who excel in the performing arts. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th through 12th grades in the 2015-2016 school year and must attend a high school or home school within a 50-mile radius from the Arch.
Complete guidelines and information about the competition can be found on the foundation’s website and Facebook page. The community response to this free event has been amazing and grown over the past five years with “sold out” crowds at The Fox. Additionally, each year 120,000 viewers have watched the Nine Network’s hourlong program on the competition. The Nine Network will once again broadcast an hourlong program on the 2016 competition.
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation fosters, promotes, and encourages young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances.